— Formula 1 to bring excitement to Miami-based city, local officials say
CNN – Good news, Miami; there will be a car race in your city in the years to come.
The United States Grand Prix, the local sponsor says, will take place at the U.S.T.A. facility on the Miami River.
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“Miami has a unique opportunity to leverage our world-class destination to extend the global reach of Formula 1 and positively impact tourism,” said city of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez in a statement.
The move makes sense, said Suarez.
“Miami is one of the top travel destinations in the U.S., with a growth trajectory continuing unabated. Having high-profile events that are directly accessible by local residents, and amplified by national and international TV coverage, is critical to marketing Miami internationally.”
The race will start in 2020 and will feature a number of new racetracks in the United States.
New dates, new places
It’s the latest opportunity for F1 to make its way to the U.S. after a disappointing inaugural U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
F1 was not able to negotiate any rights fees for the trip to America, although it was given an extremely short notice of the competition. Some of the venues had not had a new race on their schedule for decades.
Miami will be the third attempt to host a race in the city, which also hosted the event between 1979 and 1983.
Before his death last year, racing legend Ayrton Senna suggested that the event be held in Miami so that F1 can make contact with the culture and attractions in the city of 20 million people.
For more information about the U.S. Grand Prix, visit www.theunitedstatesgrandprix.com.
The announcement by the Miami Grand Prix was the latest in a series of announcements about who will be competing in the upcoming Formula 1 season.
International race favorites Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton were on hand for the announcement